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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Thomas L. Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Indianapolis, Indiana Man Sentenced To 97 Months In Prison

SOUTH BEND – Howard Fleming III, age 24, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio upon his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

Fleming was sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

According to documents in this case, Fleming was in a car in South Bend, and had a .40 caliber handgun along with less than five grams of cocaine when stopped by police. He had planned to sell the cocaine while using the firearm for protection while drug dealing.  Fleming also has a prior felony conviction from April of 2014 in St. Joseph County, Indiana, for which he was sentenced to three years of imprisonment.

This case was investigated by ATF with assistance from the South Bend Police Department.  The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly E Donnelly.

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